The protection and welfare of animals is an area covered by a wide range of EU legislation. This includes the protection of wildlife, zoo animals, farm animals, animals in transport and animals used for scientific purposes. Animal studies, whether for the development or production of new medicines, for physiological studies, for studying environmental effects or for the testing of chemicals or new food additives, has to be carried out in compliance with EU legislation.
Since 1986, the EU has had in place specific legislation covering the use of animals for scientific purposes. On 22 September 2010 the EU adopted Directive 2010/63/EU which updates and replaces the 1986 Directive 86/609/EEC on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The aim of the new Directive is to strengthen legislation, and improve the welfare of those animals still needed to be used, as well as to firmly anchor the principle of the Three Rs, to Replace, Reduce and Refine the use of animals, in EU legislation. Directive 2010/63/EU will take full effect from 1 January 2013.
You can read the “European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and Other Scientific Purposes” by clicking the link.
Please find the guidance document on Inspection and Enforcement under Directive 2010/63/EU endorsed in October by the Member States. where ECLAM/ESLAV participated with guidance and expertise.
The document gives the Member States support with a structure and guidance on how to provide consistent and competent inspections of animal facilities for breeding, supplying and using animals.
The document promote a risk based inspection, using resources where best needed, but at the same time make sure all establishments are inspected regularly. It also describe the knowledge an inspector (supported by the guidance document on Education and Training) should possess to be able to do a competent inspection as well as acting as an advisor, sharing best practice.
The document, including appendices, can also function as a check-list for establishments and designated veterinarians when establishing good routines for maintenance and care, as well as for preparations before announced inspections.
The address to the document is
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